Vigan City © Obra19
UNESCO-listed Vigan is said to be Asia's best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town. Visitors will encounter cobblestone streets and buildings fusing Spanish-Colonial architecture with Filipino and Oriental designs. Its list of attractions include the hugely impressive Baroque-style St Paul's Cathedral, a horse-drawn-carriage ride through the cobbled streets and the chance to spend a night in one of the grand colonial houses in the city's Mestizo district. Many of the streets are lined with shops selling clothes, trinkets and souvenirs. January is the best time to visit, as the annual Fiesta celebrations bring parties, beauty contests and a carnivalesque atmosphere to the streets.